Samba at Rs 65 a kilo - Trade Minister
Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando issued
instructions to the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) chairman K B Jayasinghe
to mill all Samba paddy stocks stored in PMB granaries and sell them
through the islandwide Sathosa outlets at a concessionary rate of Rs.65
The Minister was addressing a two day seminar for PMB field officers
held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute yesterday.
He said the move is suggested as a relief measure for consumers and
that steps have been taken to sell raw rice (Sudu Kekulu and Rathu
Kekulu )to the public at Rs 45 through Sathosa outlests.
The Minister said: "When the President assumed office, a ton of
fertilizer cost Rs 3,500 and a kilo of paddy could not be sold even for
Rs 12. 'The President however provided fertilizer at Rs 350 and ensured
a guaranteed price of Rs 28 to 30 for paddy".
While ensuring a reasonable price for the cultivator, a reasonable
price was also assured to the consumer, he said.